2003-05-11

Subject: Is Your Cat Too Fat?

Hi,

How can you tell if your Siamese or Bengal is too fat? Where both
breeds are shorthaired cats, the following guidelines can be used
to determine if kitty needs a diet.

1) You should be able to easily feel your cat?s ribs, but not see 
them sticking out. 

2) Look at your cat from above. Some indentation between the rib 
cage and the hips (that classic hourglass figure) indicates that your 
cat is at a desirable weight. 

3) Check your cat?s belly. If the belly protrudes, the cat may be 
overweight. 

4) Feel your cat?s hips. Anything more than light fleshiness indicates 
that your cat is above normal weight. 

Before putting kitty on a diet, it is a good idea to have a vet checkup
to verify that a medical condition is not causing the weight problem.
As in humans, regular exercise along with a high quality diet will help 
a cat lose weight.

To discuss these issues, please visit:
http://disc.server.com/Indices/3659.html (Siamese) and
http://disc.server.com/Indices/181643.html (Bengals)

Tamara

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